For years, mental health issues have long been stigmatized in the Black community. And for Black women specifically, we have been taught to keep quite about the pain, anxiety, and anguish that often eats at us on the daily. It’s only been in recent years that Black people as a whole have stepped out of the mental illness closet in an attempt to not let past demons keep control of us. The fact that there are so many more resources available to inform us definitely helps. Here is a list of 10 mental health podcasts that are helping to empower and uplift Black women as we navigate the murky waters of psychological struggles.
A relatively new podcast on the block, this self-help audio show is hosted by Jennifer Sterling, a holistic nutritionist who speaks on anxiety, depression, and more. Not only providing resources related to traditional therapy solutions, Sterling is also an advocate of unconventional methods such as dance and movement therapy, visual art therapy and sleep. She says getting enough rest is imperative in fighting against mental illness.
Social justice, pop culture, and current events are explored though the lens of this male and female psychotherapy team. Blessed with the gift of gab, Doctors Bedford Palmer II and LaMisha Hill discuss everything from the #metoo movement and the negative psychological ramifications of the policing of African hair types, to ways in which to further destigmatize mental health issues.
Tune in as friends Germani and Brittany have girl talk over issues that affect the average young Black woman’s everyday life. Receive tips on how to communicate more effectively, ways in which to balance your masculine and feminine energies, and other topics that are designed to help you gain more peace of mind in today’s trying times.
Consisting primarily of interviews, this podcast from Rosetta Thurman empowers women to change their lives through personal development of all sorts. Conversations include talks with relationship experts on how to cultivate a fulfilling love life, the importance of living authentically, and why women shouldn’t fear growing older.
Two-time suicide survivor T-Kea Blackman battled anxiety and depression for most of her life before finally getting the help she needed well into adulthood. Fireflies Unite aims to encourage Black people as a whole to seek help for mental health issues by leveraging personal stories as inspiration.
Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, hey, girl. features candid conversations between author and host Alex Elle and the women who inspire her. Listen in on unconventional topics like self-care through cooking and food, mental health in the prison system, and juggling social anxiety and motherhood.
Billed as the podcast for women of color who seek to affirm their worth and value their mental health, Affirm is the brainchild of licensed therapist Davia Roberts who also runs the website Redefine Enough. Tune in bi-weekly as this self-described “hippy dippy therapist” dishes on impostor syndrome, what to do when therapy is missing from the pulpit, and the different roles therapists and life coaches can play in your life.
Not only does Dr. Joy Harden Bradford offer practical advice to improve your mental health and well-being, but she also pulls the curtain back on aspects of psychotherapy not often discussed. Recent episodes covered the misconceptions around hypnotherapy, the psychology around emotional eating, and how Black women can free themselves from the chains of respectability politics to reclaim their sexuality.
Clinical psychologist, womanist, and writer Dr. Amber Thornton provides a different perspective on mental health issues that afflict the Black community. Episode topics run the gamut from discussions on PTSD, grief and suicide in the Black community, to more personal conversations on the ins and outs of being a Black psychologist.
Hosted by Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory, this self-care and wellness podcast features a revolving door of guests. That includes everyone from nutritionists and singer-songwriters to yoga enthusiasts and other heavy-hitters within the wellness community.